Burrows, David (2007) 'Find Out Who They Are and They Will Tell You What They Must Wear': Exploring the Work of Richard Negri and Post-War Theatre in Britain. [Show/Exhibition]
|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
This exhibition presents previously unpublished original designs by Richard Negri, one of Britain’s most influential stage designers in the second half of the twentieth century. Burrows selected the work from Negri's extensive archive, housed at Wimbledon College of Art. The curatorship of the exhibition and the presentation of a conference paper was an extension of Burrows' ongoing research into Negri's life and work.
The exhibition revealed the particularity of Negri's approach to theatre design and his insistence on an understanding of character as being the principal driver for visualisation and eventual realisation on stage. Negri believed this was achieved through detailed textual analysis. Burrows' paper considered the major influences and developments in theatre design and production in the last half of the twentieth century as exemplified by Negri's oeuvre. He explored the changes in theatre design practice and aesthetics during the period and traced these influences in current design practice. He also questioned whether or not there were any enduring production values that have arisen out of Negri's work.
The paper also drew attention to the ways in which Negri challenged the prevailing theatrical conventions at the end of the Second World War. The design and building of the Royal Exchange Theatre in 1976 was the result of a long period of discussion with colleagues from the 'Manchester 59 and 69’ Theatre Companies during the 1960s and 1970s. Burrows argued that it became the culmination of Negri's career as a theatre designer and his legacy to today's practitioners. An extended version of the paper will be published in January 2008 by the University of Alabama in the journal ‘Theatre Histories'.
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David Graham-Young is a more recent collaborator. A distinguished translator of contemporary play texts, particularly from Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish, he is artistic director and founder of Contemporary Stage Company for which Burrows has designed the last five productions.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Wimbledon College of Art|
|Date:||1 March 2007|
|Related Websites:||http://www.davidburrows.com, http://www.contemporarystage.co.uk, http://www.richardnegri.co.uk, http://www.uapress.ua.edu/pages/THS.aspx|
|Event Location:||Minneapolis MATC; Paris 8 University; DAMU, Prague|
|Date Deposited:||26 Nov 2009 23:39|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2010 14:40|
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